WASHINGTON — In preparation to host the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is hunting Islamist insurgents with renewed vigor and focus.
Reuters reports that Russia said it killed the right-hand man of their most-wanted insurgent, Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev. Mutaliyev is a trusted aide of the lead insurgent Doku Umarov and was killed in a shootout in the rebellious Islamist province of Ingushetia.
Mutaliyev was believed to be killed in January of last year, but that was a identification problem that was resolved.
Umarov is the leader of the outlawed Caucasus Emirate.
After the Boston Marathon bombers, the world took another look at the Caucasus region and how its Islamist extremism may affect the West down the road. Russia is taking no chances in quelling the Islamist insurgency movement within the southern provinces of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.